2011

Printing Technology for Self-Publishers

So you've made the decision to publish your own novel or short-story collection as a printed book, and you turn to the crucial task of educating yourself in the many steps between finished manuscript and printed book. Where to start? Well, the first piece of advice is...

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A Print-On-Demand Book (Almost) Free, Part 2

In the last episode, I went over the preparations to put your book up on a POD site and get a proof copy printed. If you actually went through this process, you'll have the following: A formatted manuscript that looks like the interior of a book. A front and back...

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A Print-On-Demand Book (Almost) Free, Part 1

I read posts from time to time where authors discuss the cost of self-publishing, asserting that they "can get a book published for as little as $600." Or $1,000. Or more. So it might be surprising to know that you can render your book into a paper copy...

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Doing It in Public

Six years ago (to this month), I submitted a column about a public book reading where I shared the spotlight with the inimitable Vanesa Baggott. I compared reading in public to a rollercoaster ride: exhilarating, exciting and fun. Since that column I've been doing a...

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Managing Multiple Projects

I'm releasing a heavy sigh as I read the title of this article: managing multiple projects. I remember the days when I had no problems with managing multiple projects because I was only ever working on one project at a time. Reflecting on those times, I'm sure life...

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A Copyright Primer

Copyright, ISBN, and LOCN, are the Three Witches of publishing. That's because they're handled by the same part of out brain that deals with the US Tax Code and mortgage documents. You input your question, and out comes gibberish, boredom and ennui. But there's a bare...

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The Unforgivable Taboo

In erotic fiction there are several taboos specific to the genre. The commonplace publishing taboos against incest, bestiality, underage sex and necrophilia make sense as valid restrictions. Those acts are either illegal immoral or potentially harmful. They merit...

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To Boldly Go

It's important to identify genres. For anyone trying to make a commercial success of their fiction, agents and editors want to know the name of the shelf in the book store where they can propose to put the results of your hard work. Romance? Horror? Crime? Erotica?...

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Dream Writing

Good description in fiction can produce a sensory reality that makes the narrative wholly immersive. Many academic texts discuss the physicality of fiction and stress its importance. I have to agree with all of this. As a writer and a teacher, I know that describing...

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